On Friday in Jeddah, the Mercedes driver completed a fine table of best times, leading FP2 by 0.061 seconds over teammate Valtteri Bottas, although both drivers hampered their qualifying races on soft tires. The second practice session ended prematurely with a heavy crash from Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.
As F1 drivers familiarized themselves with the new Jeddah Corniche circuit on the opening day of the action, traffic in the narrow sections with blind corners raised some concerns for the peloton, Hamilton the describing it as “a bit of a danger zone”.
Pierre Gasly continued to impress for AlphaTauri taking third place in FP2, edging out world championship leader Max Verstappen who struggled to achieve a clean lap on his single-lap push effort.
Alpine duo Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon looked quick again after finishing third and fifth respectively at the Qatar GP last time, with the Spanish rider narrowly beating his teammate in fifth place in FP2.
Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21
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Carlos Sainz Jr led the Ferrari charge in seventh place ahead of AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, with Mexican team boss Christian Horner later saying the team “desperately needed” him to get the job done. beat at the forefront in the last two races to help his title hopes. .
Despite his late crash, Leclerc completed the top 10 for Ferrari ahead of McLaren pair Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris.
What time do qualifying for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix start?
Qualifying for the Saudi Arabian GP begins at 8:00 p.m. local time (5:00 p.m. GMT), using the Q1, Q2 and Q3 knockout session format.
Dated: Saturday, December 4, 2021
Start time: 8 p.m. local time – 5 p.m. GMT
Sparks fly from Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521
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How can I watch the qualifiers?
In the UK, all F1 practice, qualifying and races are streamed live on Sky Sports F1, with coverage of the Saudi Arabian GP qualifying starting at 4 p.m. GMT.
Channel: Sky Sports F1
· Start time: 4:00 p.m. GMT
Autosport will broadcast live text coverage of qualifying here.
When can I watch the highlights of the Saudi Arabian GP qualifying?
In the UK, Channel 4 broadcasts qualifying highlights for the Saudi Arabian GP at 20:40 GMT on Saturday. The full schedule will run for 90 minutes, covering both qualifying and concluding the main talking points of the race weekend so far.
Throughout the 2021 F1 season, Channel 4 will broadcast highlights from every qualifying and race from every event. Highlights will also be available on Channel 4’s on-demand catch-up services.
Channel: Channel 4
· Start time: 20:40 GMT
Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21
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Will Saudi Arabian GP Qualifiers Be On The Radio?
Live radio coverage of every training, qualifying and race for the 2021 F1 season will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC 5 Live Sports Extra or via the BBC Sport website.
Coverage of the Saudi Arabian GP qualifying will begin at 4:55 p.m. GMT on BBC 5 Live Sports Extra and the BBC Sounds app.
What is the weather for qualifying at the Jeddah Corn Circuit?
Dry and hot weather is forecast for the start of qualifying on Saturday evening at the Jeddah Corniche circuit in Saudi Arabia. The temperature is set at 27 degrees Celsius at the start of qualifying, the same conditions as during qualifying for the Qatar GP last time.